CEPII, Recherche et Expertise sur l'economie mondiale
Wednesday September 21, 2016

Uncertainty surrounds the future of the European Union and its place in the world. The crisis set in motion a whole range of initiatives and institutional changes and in Europe, both at the EU28 and euro area levels. These now have to blossom into a solid and durable edifice.

A challenge is therefore to make sure that the next steps in European integration live up to the economic, institutional, political, social and governance challenges that Europe is facing.

In that context, CEPII and France Stratégie have launched a series of monthly events – lunchtalks - about Europe with the aim to bring together officials, academics, as well as practitioners and corporates around a relevant speaker selected for his relevance for European matters.
Markus K. Brunnermeier & Jean-Pierre Landau on "The Euro and the Battle of Ideas"

The sovereign debt crisis that started in 2010 in the Eurozone has left observers wondering whether the single currency can survive. In a recently published book, Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James, and Jean-Pierre Landau argue that the core problem with the Euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the Eurozone. Weaving together economic analysis and historical reflection, the authors aim to provide an explanation of the historical, intellectual and cultural roots of the contrasting German and French economic philosophies. They discuss how the crisis has led the Euro’s member states to focus on national, as opposed to collective, responses, a reaction explained by the resurgence of the battle of economic ideas. The authors will discuss their analysis of these issues and show how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure Europe’s prosperity and survival. The presentation will be followed by a discussion and questions from the audience.

The event will take place under Chatham House Rules.

By invitation only.